IELTS Task 2 Writing – Salary for Parenting – Band 9

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IELTS Task 2 Writing

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Nowadays, many mothers take care of the family and don’t go out to work. Some people believe they should be given salaries by the government. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Write at least 250 words.

These days, many mothers parent their children rather than doing jobs outside the home. Certain individuals propose that moms should be paid by authorities for child rearing. To what degree do you support or dispute this position?

TOPIC = salaries for mothers to take care of the family

Controlling Idea = the extent to which I agree or disagree with this proposition

What does it mean to pay a salary for mothers to take care of the family?

Giving a monthly payment to mothers for spending a significant portion (8hrs/day) of their time to do household chores, teach and care for family members, especially their children.

Why should mothers be paid for their parenting?

For motivation to be “good moms”, 

to show appreciation for their time and effort, 

to have sufficient income for life quality, 

for motivation to have children, 

to enable them to raise children as best as possible, 

for the interest of the future generation. 

Are there any places or societies where mothers are paid for parenting today? 

In many countries companies or the government does provide maternity leave and pay.

Also, many countries do give Child Care Benefits – payment for having children, especially when the family has lower income. 

***TIP – When thinking about your position and response for Task 2 is to reference your existing knowledge – “do not try to reinvent the wheel”

Opinion – Yes, I strongly agree that mothers should be paid for taking care of the family 🡪 Why? (thesis points – clear, unique, top choice, parallel grammar)

  1. To appreciate effort b. to improve family life quality

Introductory Paragraph (Hook + Background + Thesis)

(Hook) Getting paid for motherhood is a commonly discussed topic nowadays. (Background – gives a definition of the topic + importance) A monthly salary for mothers to do household chores, teach life skills and care for children has been proposed by societies in order to encourage good parenting. I strongly agree that mothers should be paid for taking care of the family to acknowledge their efforts and improve their lives. 

BODY 1 – (Topic sentence – deeper definition of paying moms to acknowledge [compensate with money] their efforts – the time and energy) 

Mothers invest an incredible amount of time and energy to raise their children for the betterment of society and for this work they deserve monetary compensation just like any other service job. (Explanation – quantification of ideas) Moms spend at least ten hours a day, seven days a week, preparing meals, washing clothes and dishes, and taking children to school, to ensure good health and productivity for the family and for this they deserve at least twice the minimum monthly salary from taxpayer income. (Example – real-world, which can be clearly “seen” by your reader, and creates a sense of sympathy) The Canadian government paid 1000 dollars each month to my mother in recognition of her efforts to raise my siblings and I, and this is absolutely fair according to my opinion. (connection/conclusion) This is one of two reasons that governments should pay for motherhood. 

BODY 2 – (Topic sentence + explanation + example)

Giving financial support to mothers not only improves their overall quality of life but also that of their family’s and society as a whole. (Explanation) The salary paid to moms is used by them to buy healthy foods, good education and luxury items which leads to success and happiness. My mom invested the 1000CAD she received from the government to buy organic produce for family meals as well as to pay for educational textbooks and videos. This kept my siblings and I healthy and strong and enabled us to become university graduates. Clearly, this led a better quality of life for both my mom and my family.  

CONCLUSION (restate your thesis points + strengthen argument + take-home-message) In conclusion, regular payment for work done at home by moms shows appreciation for their efforts and empowers them for better life. I am in complete agreement that governments must budget for this. At the end of the day, paying moms is not only well deserved but also a benefit to all of society.   

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